Eat me a lot of peaches

A sponsored post for Woolworths Select Australian canned fruits

I still get cravings for some of the simple food that I loved as a child. Whether it’s boiled eggs, crumbed cutlets cooked by my Mum, or a roast lamb cooked by my one of my Grandmothers these meals are like a warm cuddle of nostaglia. Both my Grandmothers made simple but delicious desserts for all of their grandchildren. Things like rice puddings, ice cream with tinned fruit or a sprinkling of malt, or those ice cream sandwiches – remember them? Little ice cream squares with coloured wafer biscuits whacked either side of them? I LOVED THEM. Flicking through some of their own cook books and recipes, it’s like reconnecting with them again, long after they’ve been gone.

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This time of the year when I am limited by the fruit that’s available – there’s only so much a gal can do with an orange or mandarin (improved with the new strawberries back in the market) so I find myself going back through time when it comes to dessert. What’s easier than opening up the pantry cracking open some tinned fruit and getting your retro on?


Sometimes it’s the classic plain vanilla ice cream with tinned peaches and a wee drizzle of syrup over its back. OLD SCHOOL. And delicious.

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And sometimes I like to try and recreate those ice cream sambos that my Grandma Dot used to give us. I thought they were SO fancy. I just get some good plain wafer/biscuits, get some good quality vanilla ice cream and whack in some peaches for good measure.

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Woolworths Select now source their fruit from Australia and can proudly say that they are a Product of Australia. Just like me!


Do you have a dessert that your Grandmother made for you that you loved?


  1. Jay - Moodie Foodie says

    Not so much my grandmother, but I do so love a good canned peach! Fantastic for winter cobblers or just on porridge in the morning. Love your ice-cream sambos:)

  2. Love your ice-cream sambo recreation.

    I used to go to my nans house in the school holidays and she would make me pikelets …. FOR DINNER. Squeeze of lemon and covered with brown sugar. My god they were beautiful.

  3. holy hell……crumbed cutlets! talk about flash back 🙂 My Grandma always served up jelly and ice cream. Like ALWAYS! And I loved it. Nanna’s specialty was Golden Syrup Pudding. DROOL!

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      Dude! My Mum STILL rolls out a crumbed cutlet and they are my ultimate comfort food! She has recently taken to a panko bread crumb and tells me it takes things a whole new level!

  4. My Grandma passed away when I was only 5, but one of my distinct memories of her was eating her jelly with canned fruit or fresh berries set into it. I’m not much of a jelly fan now, but it was the best thing ever as a kid!

  5. Corrie Sebire says

    well grandma betty always did the same dessert……….canned fruit and sliced ice cream! I actually saw the ice cream slices the other day in the supermarket! never bought them only she did them:)

  6. Prue Gilfillan says

    My grandmother was a pretty austere woman who wasn’t given to warmth or playfulness, unfortunately. My sister and I were terrified of her! She would bark, “No GIGGLING” with all her neck cords vibrating which would of course send us into fits of helpless giggles. Her one effort towards being a sweet old grandma (which we were NEVER to call her – we called her Meg which was short for “most esteemed grandmother”) was that she would make us strawberry milkshakes with raspberry topping stirred into milk. It was such a treat because we almost never got sweets.

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      That is the BEST story!! I used to make my milkshakes like that too – exactly like that – just stirred in. Thanks for this Prue…so wonderful!

  7. Growing up we always had fruit on our cereal for breakfast. If there was no fresh fruit (banana or strawberries) we’d get tinned fruit, such as peaches or pears… or TWO FRUITS!

  8. Elizabeth Boyle says

    My mother bottled her own fruit. We had a pantry lined with filled Valcoa bottles. I loved the preserved grapes best, perhaps they had started to ferment! Maybe that’s why I don’t mind a glass of red.

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      How wonderful! We have a friend down here who bottles all his own fruit and has started a business doing it. I LOVE going to their house or having them here – so pretty and they taste AMAZING.

  9. Lisa Mckenzie says

    Yep it was baked rice custard ,and I love peaches they are so handy to have in the cupboard I like an peach crumble too!

  10. jessie.batterham says

    Peachie pie – it brings a smile to my face and yep made with canned peaches! Delish

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      What’s peachie pie? Is it something more than just pie? Sounds so cute!

      • jessie.batterham says

        I think the technical name is almond peach pie – but gandma always called it peachie pie. A few family members are gluten free so she would whip this up at christmas as an alternative to christmas pudd – Recipe below – it is super delish!
        185 g blanched almonds
        1 cup coconut (Aussie cup is 250 mls)
        1/4 cup sugar (see above)
        60 g butter
        1 cup sour cream
        1 pinch salt
        3/4 cup icing sugar
        1 teaspoon orange juice
        1 teaspoon grated orange rind
        1 teaspoon vanilla
        1 (822 g) can sliced peaches
        3/4 cup cream
        Blend almonds in food processor.
        Stir in coconut and sugar.
        Rub butter into mixture.
        Reserve 2 tablespoons of this mixture for topping.
        Press the remaining crumbs onto the base and sides of a greased 23cm flan tin.
        Bake in a moderately hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
        Place the reserved crumbs into a small pan and stir over a low heat until golden brown.
        This takes about 4 minutes.
        Combine sour cream, salt, 1/2 a cup of the sifted icing sugar, juice, rind, and vanilla.
        Pour into the prepared pie shell.
        Arrange the well drained peaches decoratively over the top of the filling.
        Lightly whip the cream and remaining sifted icing sugar.
        Spoon or pipe around the edge of the pie.
        Sprinkle with the toasted crumbs and then refrigerate before serving.

  11. I was a vegetarian for 4 years when I was a teenager. Mum cooked lamb cutlets one night and I turned back to eating meat! Hah! My favourite meat!

    Also, thanks for the dessert inspiration 🙂 Gonna buy me a tin of peaches tonight. (The power of blogvertising hey?!)

  12. Passionfruit sago pudding. Its the bomb! x

  13. My Grandma’s specialty was jelly, though I know she did do the baked rice pudding too! My Nana used to do the most wonderful thing, she would sit a big tub of icecream out til it was soft enough to stir through a combination of cut up chocolate bars – peppermint aeros, violet crumble, mars bars etc, then she would pop it back in the freezer. She also insisted that we ate the whole lot – of everything, the roast, the dessert – as she lived by herself (at that stage) and didn’t want any leftovers!! Both my grandmothers names were called Jean. Which was rather amusing when introducing them both at the same time!

  14. Beautiful photography – where did you get your waffle biscuits from? I’d love to use them in a recipe or two. Shari from

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      You know I can’t remember what the name of them were! They were BEAUTIFUL. Picked them up at the supermarket and they were either French or Belgian or something. Tasted just like waffle cones!

  15. My latest worry is BPA on the plastic lining of tins so I am trying to cut down how much tinned stuff we eat. But I do love a tinned peach or apricot, and my 3 year old is ADDICTED to tinned pineapple.

  16. We often had brandied bananas or pears! Sooo good. Happy memories 🙂

  17. Sorry, no great peach recipes here. Just wanted to compliment you on managing to reference The Presidents of the United States of America, took me right back to my late teens!

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